Most visitors to Chinatown come for its culinary and commercial delights and multiple companies give guided food tours of the neighborhood. Savor some of the best duck in Philadelphia at local favorite Sang Kee Peking Duck House, which has called Chinatown home since 1980. For hand-drawn and hand-shaved noodles, head to Spice C or Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House. If ramen is more your style, Japanese noodle shop Terakawa Ramen has you covered with a menu of unique ramen variations, including several vegetarian options.
Stay refreshed with a cup of bubble tea, available from local shops such as Tea Dó, Bubblefish Bubble Tea & Sushi, and Mr. Wish. For buns, rolls, dumplings, and other dim sum options, order from Tom’s Dim Sum – a convenient option just across the street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, known for soup dumplings and scallion pancakes. Even more dim sum awaits at Dim Sum Garden, Nom Wah Philadelphia, Ocean Harbor, and Bai Wei.
In the evening, grab drinks at Bar-Ly Chinatown, which has a whopping sixty beers on tap alongside a menu of Asian-American pub favorites. Sing along to karaoke while you enjoy a menu of sushi, robatayaki, and cocktails at popular bar Yakitori Boy. If you’re in need of a late-late-night meal, head to David’s Mai Lai Wah, which serves Cantonese dishes until 3 a.m.
Cover photo: Dim Sum Garden. Photo by Albert Lee.